February 1, 2018
Little data exists at the national level related to public perceptions about alcohol and cancer
Inside this alcohol policy pack
- Background evidence: Alcohol and cancer
- Evidence-informed alcohol policy actions to reduce alcohol consumption in Canada
- Key statistics: Alcohol consumption in Canada’s largest cities
- Key statistics: Alcohol consumption in provinces and territories
- Public perceptions: Alcohol and cancer
- Economic evidence to support alcohol policy
- Indicators to measure progress on alcohol policy
How does the public perceive this issue?
In 2017, 56 per cent of Canadians involved in a public survey indicated alcohol use is completely socially acceptable (in comparison to other substances such as tobacco and cannabis).1
In 2016, the Canadian Cancer Society conducted a public opinion survey related to alcohol and cancer risk in Ontario and Québec:2
- In Ontario and Québec, only 28 and 30 per cent of the public, respectively, know that consuming alcohol can increase the risk of developing cancer.
- Two-thirds of Ontarians and Quebecers said they would reduce their consumption of alcohol if they learned that drinking alcohol increases their risk of cancer.
1- Government of Canada (2017). Canadian cannabis survey 2017 – Summary. Retrieved from: https://www.canada.ca/en/healthcanada/services/publications/drugs-health-products/canadian-cannabis-survey-2017-summary.html
2- Canadian Cancer Society (2015). Drinking Habits and Perceived Impact of Alcohol Consumption.